Amazon has hoarded billions of dollars’ worth of IPv4 – but why?

Amazon has collected a huge volume of IPv4 addresses, although quite why is unclear.

According to internet infrastructure enthusiast called Andree Toonk, the allocated addresses represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Amazon’s total collection. Over the years, the internet firm has purchased many more that are still not in circulation. These include a 2017 purchase of 8 million IPv4 addresses from MIT, 16 million more from GE and a further 4 million from AMPRNet in 2019.

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